Liuba Shirley beat out political veteran DuWayne Gregory of New York’s Second Congressional District, which is located along Long Island’s South Shore. Shirley is the founder of New York’s 2nd District Democrats, a group dedicated to opposing the Trump administration.
Shirley also made headlines earlier this spring after she gained Federal Election Commission (FEC) approval to use campaign dollars to pay for child care. Shirley had asked the agency if she could use campaign funds to cover her $22-per-hour cost of child care, an expense she incurred after starting to run for office. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among those who threw their backing behind Shirley’s request.
“We’re missing a very critical voice in Congress,” Shirley told reporters after the FEC decision. “When you’re in the thick of things with young children, you have a different perspective and we need that perspective in Congress.”